Installing Packages

When you install a package, you can do the following:

  • Fill user templates.

  • Fill existing user home directories.

  • Specify a distribution point for computers to download the package from.

You can use a policy to install a package on computers.


To install a package on computers, the package must exist on the distribution point you plan to deploy it from and in Jamf Pro. For more information, see Managing Packages.

Installing a Package Using a Policy

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/81540696/Icon_New_Button.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the policy, including the trigger and execution frequency.

  6. Select the Packages payload and click Configure.

  7. Click Add for the package you want to install.

  8. Choose "Install" from the Action pop-up menu.

  9. Configure the settings for the package.

  10. Specify a distribution point for computers to download the package from.

  11. Use the Restart Options payload to configure settings for restarting computers.

  12. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the policy.
    For more information, see Scope.

  13. (Optional) Click the Self Service tab and make the policy available in Self Service.
    For more information, see Items Available to Users in Jamf Self Service for macOS.

  14. (Optional) Click the User Interaction tab and configure messaging and deferral options.
    For more information, see User Interaction with Policies.

  15. Click Save images/download/thumbnails/81531754/floppy-disk.png .

The policy runs on computers in the scope the next time they check in with Jamf Pro and meet the criteria in the General payload.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

  • About Policies
    Learn the basics about policies.

  • Policy Management
    Find out how to create policies, view the plan and status for a policy, and view and flush policy logs.

  • Computer PreStage Enrollments
    Find out how to install packages on computers during enrollment with Jamf Pro using a PreStage enrollment.

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